High Voltage: Best Electric Motorcycles
Being able to breeze through traffic-clogged streets is something that only a motorcycle can do. With all the improvements in...
Being able to breeze through traffic-clogged streets is something that only a motorcycle can do. With all the improvements in engine technology, shouldn’t motorcycle manufacturers start reducing their emissions and lowering their loud noises as well? Manufacturers are now venturing into the world of electric power. An electric motorcycle gives you the same riding experience as a standard motorbike without the loud noise and the nasty emissions. Check out some of the world’s best electric motorcycles today. Pick one that you like and get ready for an exhilarating ride.
The best electric motorcycle should be able to give you the sense of freedom that gas-powered motorbikes are known for. With an amazing 223-mile range in the city, the Zero SR accomplishes that without any problems. Its range whittles down to only 112 miles if you take the Zero SR through the world’s highways. It is still a respectable figure by electric vehicle standards. Its battery can hold a maximum charge of 7.2 kWh.
The Zero SR features a unique powertrain called Z-Force. There is no need to shift. A gentle twist of the throttle and you can reach its top speed of 102 MPH in an instant. It features state-of-the-art controls and user interface with a cool blue LCD. It also has smooth and responsive suspension system to make your ride as comfortable as possible.
This electric motorcycle for adults has the aggressive styling of a street fighter. People will never know you have an electric motor powering your two-wheeled wonder machine.
The LiveWire stays true to the design philosophy of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. It has the same bulky appearance and aggressive styling of conventional HD big bikes. Its humongous tires make sure you stay on the road no matter what. It also has the same extra-large fuel tank that has become an iconic feature of all HDs. The only thing is that it does not require any fuel at all.
The Harley-Davidson Livewire is an e-motorcycle from the famous American brand. It comes with a 15.5 kWh high-voltage battery. It features the revolutionary Rechargeable Energy Storage System, allowing you to charge it in an hour. The LiveWire has a city range of 146 miles; although real-world driving limits it to only 96 miles.
The LiveWire electric sports bike comes with the Revelation electric motor. It delivers 105 HP with 86 lb-ft of torque. It cannot compete with the Harley-Davidson Street 500. However, it does a good job of giving you a very pleasant ride.
The Energica Ego is not an Aprilia or a Ducati or any other motorcycle made in Italy. This is a street legal electric motorcycle that you can take to a MotoGP weekend. It has the sporty styling of true-blue MotoGP race bikes, except that it will never emit any exhaust gas. It is super silent, too.
This electric superbike has all the makings of a great racer. It can blitz from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. That is faster than your average sports car. It can also reach a top speed of 150 MPH. What is remarkable about the Energica Ego is that it never experiences a dip in engine power. This makes the Ego a lot faster than a 600cc Superbike.
The Energica Ego electric motorcycle comes with a 107 kWh battery. It powers its electric motor that delivers 147.5 lb-ft of torque. Charging it is quite unique, too. One can recharge the Ego via a standard cable or Bluetooth connection. The Vehicle Control Unit manages everything that the Ego does.
Lightning Strike Electric Motorcycle
If you’re yearning for the fastest electric street bike you can ever have, then the Lightning Strike is for you. Resembling a MotoGP-class machine, the Lightning Strike has a maximum speed of 135 MPH. It comes with a liquid-cooled electric motor that delivers 180 lb-ft of torque. Its 90 HP output may pale in comparison to the Ego. However, it is a lot better than the LiveWire.
The battery comes in at a 10 kWh maximum capacity. One can recharge this overnight using a Level 1 connection. If you use a Level 2 charging mechanism, you can get the battery fully loaded within 2 to 3 hours. The battery charge is enough to take you 105 miles in highways and 150 miles on city streets.
The Lightning Strike electric motorcycle for adults comes in 3 variants. There is the Standard, the Mid Range, and the Carbon Edition. They only differ in battery size, curb weight, and on-board charger.
The Cake Calk& is a street legal electric motorcycle. One has to emphasize the term ‘street-legal’ because of its unusual design. The Kalk& looks like a piece of skeleton with wheels attached to both the front and rear forks. It looks more like a bicycle frame, although it has the design elements of a professional Motocross bike. The only difference is that the Kalk& does not come with a larger front tire. It also doesn’t have the rugged suspension of a true dirt bike.
The Calk& e motorcycle is well at home on the dirt track as it is on paved roads. It has a modest range of about 53 to 54 miles. Its 10 kW electric motor delivers a torque output of 185 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. It has a maximum velocity of at least 56 MPH. The lithium-ion battery is quite modest at only 2.6 kWh.
Despite its skinny look, the Cake Kalk& remains one of the best electric motorcycle models around.
The Brutus V9 is an e-motorbike that looks more like the Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycle line. It is a brawny cruiser that can accommodate you and a back rider for an amazing trip on the roads of the backcountry. It is quite long for an electric motorbike at 100.5 inches.
While it has the size of a Harley tourer, the Brutus V9 doesn’t consider its weight as a detriment to its performance. Its 9-inch, 125-HP DC motor can deliver a torque output of 277 lb-ft. On paper, it can blitz to 115 MPH. It can go faster than this, however. Brutus restricted its top speed for safety reasons. The V9 comes in two types of battery packs. There is one that packs 18.8 kWh and another holding 33.7 kWh of charge.
The Brutus V9 has the classic stance of a conventional American two-wheeled touring motorcycle. This electric street bike also has some of 21st century’s most innovative EV technologies.
The Johammer J1 is a motorcycle that you only get to see in sci-fi films. It has a very unique design that follows the monocoque body frame of ultra-modern concept cars. You won’t see any frame on the J1, except for the fork that extends from the lower chassis.
The J1 electric motorcycle is available in two versions: the J1.150 and the J1.200. The difference is in the range of the models. The J1.150 has a 150-km range (93 miles), while the J1.200 has a 200-km range (124 miles). While the figures are commendable, they still lag behind the range of the Zero SR. It comes with a DC-excited electric motor, mated to a single-stage transmission. Johammer submerges the J1’s powertrain in a sealed oil bath to eliminate the need for maintenance. This street legal electric motorcycle has an electronically-limited top speed of 75 MPH. Its battery pack can have either 8.3 kWh or 12.7 kWh.
With a very unusual design, the Johammer J1 is sure to turn heads around wherever you take it.
Victory Empulse TT
The Victory Empulse TT is an electric sports bike that has a more compact package that other e-bikes with the same design. It still has the classic Empulse design from its previous manufacturer, Brammo. The Empulse TT has all the classic elements of European and Japanese superbikes.
It has an aggressive stance. The Empulse TT also puts the rider in an excellent position to carve corners with both ease and composure. While it cannot match the top speed of some of the bikes on this list, its 100-MPH performance is still commendable. It uses Brammo’s Power Lithium Ion pack that holds 10.4 kWh of power. It also has an AC induction motor that comes with a unique liquid-cooling mechanism.
The Victory Empulse TT has an onboard 3.6 kW charger that allows you to recharge in as short as 3.5 hours. Its powerful styling also makes for a great ride, whether it is on a gentle cruise or spirited run with friends in freeways.
Tarform Electric Motorcycle
Tarform believes that it has just created a new breed of electric motorcycles. Many agree. This e motorcycle has one of the most unique designs on the market. It looks like the body of a grasshopper. The rear wheel extends out from the back with its oversized drive-chain creating a silvery silhouette amidst a sea of grayish black.
This electric motorcycle features a 7kWh battery, which can take the Tarform for about 92 miles of city driving. Its 43-HP electric motor allows the motorbike to reach a top speed of 93 MPH.
The Tarform incorporates a variety of biomaterials. Not only is the company concerned about reducing emissions, it is also hell-bent on using only eco-friendly materials in the construction of the Tarform. This motorbike also happens to have one of the most intelligent computers on-board. It is intuitive enough to warn the rider of potential danger.
Vespa is a name that people trust when it comes to scooters. The Elettrica cannot compare to its big brothers in this list. However, no one can deny the fact that this is one of the best electric motorcycle models for the upbeat and trendy crowd.
It retains the fun design of all Vespa scooters, including a whimsical frame and small wheels. Yet, this little two-wheeled marvel can take you to about 62 miles of effortless cruising on a single charge. Its electric motor can deliver a minimal power of 2 kW, maxing out at 4 kW. The motor can produce a torque of 147 lb-ft. It draws its power from a LiFePo4 type of battery. Charging time only takes about 4 hours.
Like all inventions of the 21st century, the Elettrica comes with smart functions. It can connect to your smartphone to take advantage of a wide range of modern features. The Vespa has the looks of a 1950s scooter. However, its soul is that of a 21st century geek.
Lito introduced the world’s very first electric sports bike in 2014. The original Sora had many of the fine elements of Street Fighter and Bobber bikes. What Lito did was to create an e super bike from scratch. It had a low-riding stance that bikers can adjust for a more aggressive styling.
This coming 2020, Lito is introducing the second generation of Soras. It comes with better features, greater performance, and an increased range. Leading the set of innovations is a battery that is more powerful than the 1st generation. This gives the Gen 2 Sora 50% greater range than its predecessor.
The Sora can blitz to 60 MPH in 3 seconds. It features carbon fiber components to minimize weight and improve speed. Like the 1st Generation Sora, the Sora 2 will come as a limited-edition electric street bike. One has to act fast if you ever want to take this baby for a ride.
The Arc Vector has got to be one of the most futuristic-looking electric superbikes around. It’s what RoboCop would love to have patrolling the streets of New Detroit. It features thoroughbred components and exotic materials. It gives you a motorbike that is pleasing to look at as it is wonderful to ride.
This limited-edition electric motorcycle comes with a 16.8 kWh battery to give you an astonishing 271-mile range. It is a lot better than the 223-mile range of the Zero SR. And while its battery is humongous, you only need 40 minutes to have it all charged up. The Vector has a top speed of 124 MPH. One has to understand that Arc limited the top speed of the Vector to make sure you stay safe on the road.
The Arc Vector not only looks dashing. It also has the performance to tag along with petrol-powered street bikes.
Alta Motors Redshift MXR
The Redshift MXR is Alta Motors’ take on what a true electric street bike should be. It has all the design elements of a tough, all-terrain-conquering dirt bike. The only things that are missing are the extra-large exhaust pipes and the humongous fuel tank.
The MXR comes with a 50-HP high-speed PMAC motor that delivers 42 lb-ft of torque. It has a 5.8 kWh, 350-volt Lithium ion battery that requires a 3-hour charging on 120-volt units. Charge the unit in a 240-volt outlet and you can get the MXR up and running in 1.5 hours. The Redshift also features the Alta-Digital system. It includes 4 maps for every motorcycle skill level.
The Redshift MXR is not going to participate any Motocross Rally soon. When it comes to backyard motocrossing, however, this is one baby that knows how to behave in the dirt.
Honda PCX ELECTRIC
The PCX Electric is not your CB series of Honda superbikes. It is an electric motorcycle for adults that can also work for teens. It is not as vintage-looking as the Vespa. However, it does come with a styling that will make riders feel like they’ve hit the jackpot.
The PCX is an electric scooter that comes with a 5.7-HP electric motor. The torque output is 13.5 lb-ft. It is enough to get the PCX Electric over the hill without making its engine sputter. The motor relies on the power provided by a 48-volt, 1.03 kWh lithium ion battery. The battery is sufficient to take the PCX for a 25-mile drive.
Do not expect the Honda PCX Electric to create burn marks on the road. It can cruise to a top speed of 37 MPH. It is modest compared to the rest of the big boys in this list. Considering that it is a scooter, the PCX Electric still makes for a worthy e-motorcycle.
Super SOCO TC Max
One cannot help admire the Super SOCO TC Max. It has the classic styling of a BMW motorcycle, except that the TC Max doesn’t need gas. It also has a very pleasant hum that tells you the motor is working to give you a great ride.
Unlike its gas-powered cousins, the SOCO TC Max only maxes out at 62 MPH. Its modest top speed makes this electric motorbike best suited for city driving. Of course, you are more than welcome to bring it to the freeways.
The TC Max comes with a 3.2 kWh battery that can give the electric bike a modest 68-mile range. The electric motor also delivers enough torque to the rear wheel at 125 lb-ft. This is an electric motorbike that you’d want to take over the hill for a more sweeping view of the city.
Electric motorcycles do not have the range and top speed of conventional motorcycles. However, they are the wave of the future as man starts to understand and appreciate the need for saving planet Earth. These high-voltage wonder bikes are here to stay.